Come explore with us. Enjoy the delights & sights with our Starved Rock Area Tours!
Starved Rock Connections offers a variety of FUN area tours and shuttle service for any occasion for individuals and small groups of up to 14.
Choose one of our Tours or let us custom design one for your group. Rates vary and are based on time, distance, and activity add-ons.
We offer Public Tours, too. Upcoming tour dates can be found on our Events Calendar.
2020 TOUR MENU
Culinary Delights & Flights
Calling all Foodies: This Food and Beverage Tour is for you! Immerse yourself in the local food and music scene, sample delectable specialties and great chow! We’ll connect you to local treasures, farm-to-table and unique food shops, ethnic restaurants, nostalgic supper clubs and diners, and riverfront eateries. Add in live entertainment, neighborhood pubs, wine bars, locally-made, farm-to-foam brews and a brewery tour, or locally-crafted spirits and a distillery tour to complete the package.
Delights & Sights in Starved Rock Country
Learn about the area’s rich history with a visit to various sites that can include the LaSalle County History Museum, community museums, Starved Rock State Park Visitors Center, Illinois Waterway Visitor Center, Buffalo Rock State Park, I&M Canal sites, historic murals, mansions, gardens, and more. Time can be allotted for a meal and additional stops if time permits.
Available Weekends – Year-Round
Double your fun with two local area Distillery Tours. The first tour starts at Star Union Spirits Distillery, a new artisanal, small-batch distillery and tasting room in Peru, focusing on craft, fruit and grain distilled spirits: brandy, whiskey, and vodka. Next up is a tour of the Whiskey Acres Distilling Co., Illinois’ first “seed to spirit” distillery that’s located on a 5th generation family farm in DeKalb. Time is included for a meal between tours (additional price).
Available Year-Round – Some activities are seasonal
Sometimes you just have to get away, indulge yourself in a little pampering, decompress, and reconnect with your besties. Let us introduce you to the local art, shopping, food, wine, brew, spirits and music scene; or enjoy high tea, multi-media art sessions, spa treatments, and lots of pampering. Or if an action-packed adventure is the experience you desire, we’ve got it all right here in Starved Rock Country: skydiving, zip-lining, tubing, kayaking, rafting, paddle-boarding, canoeing, golfing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, roller skating, fishing, cross-country skiing, to name a few.
History lovers and quaint-town aficionados will appreciate this trip. We’ll start at the Seneca Area Heritage Museum, housed in a restored depot, and then take a guided tour of the last remaining grain elevator on the I&M Canal. We’ll also visit the Seneca Prairie Shipyard, where 157 Landing Ship Tanks (LSTs) were built and launched during World War 2. Additional stops may include related “Boom Town” sites, a historic “mini cathedral,” and more. We’re donating 20% of the net proceeds – 10% to the Seneca Historical Guild and 10% to the Seneca Mural Project.
Underground History & General Sites Tour
Join us for a scenic drive from Ottawa to Princeton for this Fan Favorite Tour. Stops include the Historic Hossack House in Ottawa, a guided tour of the Lovejoy Homestead, Oakland Cemetery, Historic Red Covered Bridge, and more! We’ll include time to check out the numerous boutiques, antique stores, and unique retail and food shops (meal not included in price) in Downtown Princeton.
The “Mother Road” Trip
Route 66 is the most iconic symbol of the American Road Trip. Experience the good life in the slow lane as we cruise along America’s Main Street in the Heartland – from Wilmington to Pontiac. We’ll soak up the atmosphere of the legendary Mother Road era and explore quirky roadside attractions, museums, gift shops, vintage diners, gas stations, and more. Food and beverages will be available for purchase along the way at one or more of the iconic eateries along the route.
Canal Boat & Mansion Tours
We’re stepping back in time to the 19th Century, first, for a mule-pulled canal boat ride; then, add a guided tour of a historic mansion with seven levels, 57 rooms, approximately 16,000 square feet that is as unique on the interior as it is on the exterior. Time is allotted for shopping and lunch on your own in Downtown LaSalle.
Sights & Delights in Streator
We’ll meander through the English-style gardens at the Weber House & Garden, view the new Walldog Murals, and visit the Finefield Pottery studio for demos, the Danchris Nursery, and more. Time will be allotted for lunch and shopping on your own in and around Downtown Streator.
Shakespeare in the Park: “King Lear”
Available Wednesday or Sunday Evenings in July
These popular outdoor summer productions are held in Soldiers & Sailors Park, just steps from downtown. Time will be allotted for a meal on your own in Downtown Princeton prior to show time or plan a picnic in the park. Bring your own chair (or blanket) to sit on.
Waterman Winery & Vineyards Tour (21 & over)
Available in July and August
This tour is more accurately described as “an Authentic, Casual Agricultural Experience.” We’ll tour a century-old farmstead, its quaint barns, and then get whisked away to the countryside to explore the vineyard. We’ll conclude with samples from a unique selection of wines, as well as snacks and a light lunch. For ages 21 and over only/includes samples, food, and one bottle of wine of your choice. Minimum: 10 guests.
Plein Air Tour
This tour is for the artist who needs to get out there and paint! There’s no shortage of fall foliage and stunning winter landscapes for painting en plein air around here. A private wooded area with a creek, magnificent views, and more is yours to explore and find your perfect spot.
Note: Tour attractions are subject to availability and may only be available on certain weekdays or weekend days or by appointment with advance notice. Pick-up is available at area lodging establishments, public meeting spots, or at your residence.